It’s ramp season once again! The patch on my neighbor’s property is flourishing. I dug a few ramps Sunday and added a few to a tomato and avocado relish last night in place of green onions.
That’s my preferred way to use them–as a seasoning or embellishment. But there are plenty of other ways to use them to add some zing to your spring menu. Goodness knows all the trendy restaurants are doing it!
Which put me in mind of that scene in the movie Forest Gump where Bubba is listing all the ways you can eat shrimp. So I thought I’d compile a ramp recipe list for your Appalachian edification!
- Ramp pesto
- Ramp carbonara
- Ramp omelet (one of my favorites–see picture)
- Ramp focaccia
- Pickled ramps
- Ramp-aroni rolls (see Fish Hawk Acres in Buckhannon for these!)
- Ramp dip
- Creamed ramps
- Ramp kimchi (hmmmm)
- Fried eggs and ramps
- Buttermilk-fried ramps (yes, please!)
- Ramp chimichurri
- Potato ramp soup
- Ramp jam
- Ramp pizza
- Bacon and ramp vinaigrette
- Ramp aioli
- Fried ramps and potatoes
- And, of course, boiled ramps with a splash of vinegar
There’s more, but I expect you’ve got the idea. Suffice it to say ramps are almighty versatile! (And if you want to see a menu that weaves ramps throughout, check out this one for a ramp dinner to benefit the library in my home town.)
What’s your favorite way to enjoy them?